|Birth: ||Jul. 12, 1920|
|Death: ||Jul. 26, 1944|
Distinguished Service Cross
Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Jack N. Gill (ASN: 39159666), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 735th Tank Battalion, attached to the 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 July 1944, in France. During an attack on Vidouville, France, the tank in which Private Gill served as an assistant driver was hit and set on fire. Upon order to abandon the flaming vehicle Private Gill made his escape and crawled towards the security of a hedgerow, but when he discovered that the driver had not followed he turned and courageously made his perilous way back to the tank. Private Gill extricated the unconscious driver and dragged him through the murderous fire, but as he neared a protected position he was killed by an enemy machine gunner. In keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, Private Gill gave his life for his comrade. His courage and heroic, unselfish devotion to duty live on as a constant inspiration to those with whom he served, and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 92 (May 2, 1945)
Action Date: 26-Jul-44
Company: Company A
Battalion: 735th Tank Battalion
Division: 1st Infantry Division
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